Aston Villa midfielder Westwood keen on England future

Aston Villa central midfielder Ashley Westwood has admitted that he is determined to follow in the footsteps of two of his teammates and become part of the England setup, reports the Birmingham Mail.

Fabian Delph – a Villa player since 2009 – has now earned three caps for England and has recently emerged as a regular in Roy Hodgson’s starting XI, while on-loan Manchester United midfielder Tom Cleverley also has experience of playing at international level, but poor club form has cost him his place in the squad.

Westwood has been a regular starter for Villa since becoming one of manager Paul Lambert’s first signings when he arrived from Crewe Alexandra in the summer of 2012, and he has earned praise for protecting the defence while also acting as a deep-lying playmaker.

And having seen Delph and Cleverley make the step-up to playing for the Three Lions, Westwood hopes to reach that level in the not-too-distant future. He said: “Fab’s got his England call-up and Clevs is an international who I think will be back in there soon.

“I’m hoping to be in there soon, too. When I spoke to Fab about England he said he loved it. He’s talked about the top players he played with there. I’m made up for him because nobody deserves it more.”

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